Whenever one hears Russia they think Donald Trump, but that’s not just a coincidence. It’s a build up of multiple moments that ties Trump and his administration to Russia. On Monday FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI is investigating the Trump campaigns’ ties to Russia during the election/
Three members of that team Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, and Carter Page all sent letters to the House Intelligence Committee on Friday volunteering to be interviewed as part of the committee’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
All three of these have been thought to have been involved with Russia during the election. But they have all denied that they helped facilitate any collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow during the election.
Page travelled to Russia last July while still working with Trump. He sent a letter to the committee asking them to interview him in a public session because it will give him the chance to clear up “misinformation” about his role in the campaign and connections to Russia.
“There are a lot of people who twist classified or confidential information,” Page said.
When asked if he had coordinated the timing of his letter to the committee with Manafort or Stone, Page said that he had “never spoken to Paul Manafort in my life.”
Manafort stated on Friday via his spokesman Jason Maloni that he “instructed his representatives to reach out to Committee Staff and offer to provide information voluntarily regarding recent allegations about Russian interference in the election.”
“As Mr. Manafort has always maintained, he looks forward to meeting with those conducting serious investigations of these issues to discuss the facts,” Maloni added.
Stone’s lawyer sent a letter to House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes on Friday morning saying that Stone “deeply resents that several members” of the committee “have intimated that he has committed treason in his political, press, and social media activities.”
Stone recently admitted to tweeting between Russia-linked hacker, Guccifer 2.0, who was implicated in a massive cyberattack that targeted the Democratic National Commit ee last year.
“As Mr. Stone has repeatedly stated publicly since these matters have come to light, he is eager to voluntarily appear in an open session in front of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence without the necessity of a subpoena,” Stone’s lawyer wrote to Nunes. “Mr. Stone is anxious to redress the false and misleading way he has been portrayed by some on the Permanent Select Committee.”